Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student Caroline Van Steendam has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship.
Van Steendam started her PhD degree in Environmental Engineering in August 2014. She is co-advised by Professor Lut Raskin (CEE) Professor Steve Skerlos (ME/CEE) from the University of Michigan and Professor Ilse Smets from the University of Leuven, Belgium (KU Leuven).
Van Steendam is on track to earn a dual PhD degree in Environmental Engineering (UM) and Chemical Engineering (KU Leuven) in 2019. She is developing a novel, energy-positive wastewater treatment system that produces water suitable for reuse. Her research relies on the integration of bioprocess engineering, molecular microbial ecology, and life cycle assessment.
The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships support outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing. The fellowships provide three terms of support that may begin with spring, summer or fall term. CEE students Jubilee Adeoye, Kurt Lundeen and Dowon Park were also awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship this year.
Eighty-two (82) Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships were available for 2018-2019. Approximately 240 students are nominated each year. Congratulations Caroline!